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Pigmeat Markham (April 18, 1904 - December 13, 1981) was an African American entertainer. Though best known as a comedian, Markham was also a singer, dancer, and actor. is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


"Pigmeat" was born as Dewey Markham in Durham, North Carolina. He was sometimes creditied in movies as David "Pigmeat" Markham. Markham began his career in traveling music and burlesque shows. For a time he was a member of Bessie Smith's traveling review in the 1920s. Later, he claimed he originated the Truckin' dance which became nationally popular at the start of the 1930s. In the 1940s he started making film appearances. In 1947 he had a hit with "Open the Door, Richard". Nickname: Location in North Carolina Country United States State North Carolina County Durham County Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Photograph of Sally Rand, 1934. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Open the Door, Richard was a hit record first recorded on the Black & White Records label by tenor saxophoneist Jack McVea at the suggest of A&R man Ralph Bass. ...


Starting in the 1950s Pigmeat Markham began appearing on television, making multiple appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. This does not cite any references or sources. ... Ed Sullivan Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the emcee of a popular TV variety show called The Ed Sullivan Show that was at its height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. ...


His boisterous, indecorous "heyeah (here) come da judge" shtick, which made a mockery of formal courtroom etiquette, became his signature routine. Markham would sit at an elevated judge's bench (often in a black graduation cap-and-gown, to look more impressive), and deal with a series of comic miscreants. He would often deliver his 'judgments,' as well as express frustration with the accused, by leaning over the bench and smacking the accused with an inflated bladder-balloon. He had hit comedy recordings in the 1960s on Chess Records, and saw his routine's entry line become a catch phrase on the Laugh-In television show, as did his phrase Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls. A shtick (Yiddish: שטיק) (or schtick) is an expression which refers to a comic theme or gimmick. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC Network. ... Funk and Wagnalls is a publisher based in New York City. ...


Ironically, Markham's most famous routine was 'discovered' by the general public only after Sammy Davis, Jr. had performed it as a guest on Laugh-In. Due to the years of racial discrimination in the entertainment world, Markham had almost exclusively performed on the "Chitlin' circuit" of vaudeville, theatres, and night clubs and appeared in several race films; thus, he was not widely known by white audiences. This article is about the entertainer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Poster for Micheauxs film The Exile (1931) The race movie or race film was a film genre which existed in the United States between about 1915 and 1947. ...


The success of Davis's appearance led to Markham's opportunity to perform his signature Judge character during his one season on Laugh-In. Archie Campbell later adapted Markham's routine, performing as "Justus O'Peace," on the country version of Laugh-In, Hee Haw, which borrowed heavily from the minstrel show tradition. Archie Campbell (born November 7, 1914 in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, died August 29, 1987 in Knoxville, Tennessee) was a writer and star of Hee Haw, a popular long-running country-flavored television variety show. ... In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843 The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by white people in blackface or, especially after the American Civil War, African Americans in blackface. ...


Thanks to his Heyeah come da judge routine, which originally was accompanied by music with a funky beat, Pigmeat Markham is regarded as a forerunner of rappers. His song "Here Comes The Judge" peaked at number 19 in both Billboard and the UK singles chart in 1968. Funk is an African American musical style. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...


Trivia

During the song "Perry Mason of Love", Mojo Nixon announces "a moment of silence for Pigmeat Markham". Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ... Mojo Nixon (born August 2, 1957) is a satirical psychobilly musician. ...


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Pigmeat Markham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (206 words)
Pigmeat Markham (April 18, 1904 - December 13, 1981) was an entertainer from the United States of America, best known as a comedian; Markham was also a singer, dancer, and actor.
"Pigmeat" was born as Dewey Markham in Durham, North Carolina.
Markham became better known in Vaudeville in the 1920s.
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